Two men charged in connection with the seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of €1.8 million, have been remanded in custody at Blanchardstown District Court.

The men, aged 40 and 50, are due before the court again on Friday, 8 March.

A third man, 31, has been released without charge.

All three were arrested after gardai seized cannabis herb, worth an estimated €600,000, during a planned search of a van and a car in Castlewarden, Co Kildare.

In a follow up search of a business premises in the Cookstown area of Tallaght, a further quantity of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €1.2 million, pending analysis, was discovered.